[identity profile] cabaretlights.livejournal.com

Just Say Yes
Artist: Snow Patrol
Album: Up to Now
Year: 2010
: Last night, you asked me what I think has changed the most for me in the past couple of months -- and I said that everything seems right, now.

And that's still true. But so much has changed in the past couple of months, and a lot of that hinges on something seemingly obvious -- but something that I haven't been able to do until now. Put simply: saying yes.

I don't mean yes in that "say yes to life!" way or "yes I would like pepper on my salad" or even, really, vocally saying yes, at all. What I mean is that for the first time, I can feel myself pushing against my own boundaries -- and then, I can feel them open. My reactions would once have been immediately cagey, defensive, embarrassed, or self-conscious -- and sometimes, I can sense myself falling into old patterns, old ways of dealing with intimacy, closeness. But then I stop, and I can be rational, take a step back, and ask what is holding you back?
And it's never anything. Or at least, it's never anything that makes sense NOW, in this context. There is no reason for me to shut down, pull away,  rationalize my independence.
So then I ask do you want this?

And I always say yes.

(Maybe simple,
but I never thought I'd get here.)

I love this song. I love how it rolls, how each "just say yes" lyric is paired with a beautiful, emotional swell of music. I love the lyrics, that they are honest ("I won't be okay and I won't pretend I am") and that they are accurate ("You're the only way to me / the path is clear"). I love that it swirls and is layered and that I always thought "please take my hand" was "please take my heart." And it's not that you don't already know this song, or that it's not cheesy (though I never really thought it was), or that I've been listening to it all that much this week (though it was on repeat for much of May), but that it fits. I can't let this season go without posting it; I want it on our playlist to represent this time, for me. Like "Anna Sun," it's meant other things in the past, but it means viscerally more now.


Dec. 7th, 2011 11:21 pm
[identity profile] amethysting.livejournal.com

Shut Your Eyes
Snow Patrol
Eyes Open

I don't know how I feel about Snow Patrol.  Sometimes I love them.  Sometimes they cheese me out (a bit).  I was listening to their new album and dancing around the kitchen in between washing dishes and peeling a sweet potato when I thought of this song and HAD to listen to it.

I love this song and, as I rediscovered tonight, I can listen to it over and over again without ever getting sick of it.  This song is kind of like a big, deep breath.  The kind you're supposed to take when you're feeling a little stressed out.  I like songs that I can get lost in; songs that kind of lift me and carry me away.  This is one of those songs.  I love that the music sounds like the sensation of spinning in that "big chair"...it makes me "dizzy, light, and free".

My favourite lines are definitely:

"And when the worrying starts to hurt
And the world feels like graves of dirt
Just close your eyes until
You can imagine this place, yeah, our secret space at will"

I can't quite articulate myself at the moment , and have more to say, (maybe it's the sleepiness settling in behind my eyes)--BUT, I love the idea of being able to imagine yourself somewhere else.  My imagination was seriously my favourite toy when I was a kid, so I kind of like how present the idea of imagination is in this song--like when you were a kid and could imagine that a chair-on-wheels was your time machine or rocket ship.  And now I'M going to sound totally cheese, but I seriously think this song sounds even better if you listen with your eyes closed.  Really.  I swear.


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